Store Spotlight: Covered Bridge Gift & Leather Shop

Covered Bridge Gift & Leather Shop located in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

So many Minnetonka styles to choose from!

The Holze-Brucke bridge, a Frankenmuth Landmark.


Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Covered Bridge Gift & Leather Shop  775 S Main Street Frankenmuth, Michigan

Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop is located in the German themed town, known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth, Michigan.  The store is owned and operated by the William “Tiny” Zehnder family, who introduced the Alpine architecture to the City of Frankenmuth in 1968.

Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop is a bustling store of 3,723 square feet, and is currently one of the 100+ specialty stores in Frankenmuth, which hosts nearly 3 million visitors each year.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop, is known for its selection of leather goods including belts, hats, purses, and footwear, and of course our wide selection of Minnetonka products. We have enjoyed working with Minnetonka for nearly 20 years!

Guests return year after year for the latest Minnetonka styles.  Our customers love the look, feel, excellent quality and comfort of Minnetonka products.  Currently, our selection of Minnetonka makes up 105 square feet of our store and includes moccasins, sandals, slippers, and boots for men, women and children.

What is a ‘must see’ destination when visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan?
The Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop derived its name from its close proximity to a Frankenmuth Landmark, known as the “Holz-Brucke.” A 230 ton Town Lattice style wooden covered bridge which was built in 1979 by the William “Tiny” Zehnder Family.  The Holz-Brucke, the largest wooden covered bridge built in the 20th century, spans the Cass River and provides access for cars, busses, and pedestrians. The bridge is one of the most photographed and uploaded sites in Frankenmuth and has found its way into the pictures of thousands of visitors over the years and has been the location of many weddings.  The history and construction of the bridge can be viewed daily in the Covered Bridge Gift and Leather Shop.

Enter to Win the Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!

The holiday shopping season is knocking on your door, and to kick it off Minnetonka is launching the 1st Annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!

Are you a Minnetonka retailer? Get creative with your team and create a festive display that reflects the spirit of your store, and Minnetonka, for the chance to have your store featured by Minnetonka to our fans during the holiday season!

All entries must be submitted to by Friday, November 30, 2012.

  • Create a festive display that reflects the spirit of Minnetonka and your store
  • Submit a photo of your store’s Minnetonka holiday display along with telling us which three styles are on the top of your store’s Minnetonka wish list this holiday season
  • From November 28 – December 7, Minnetonka will feature different holiday displays and allow Minnetonka fans to vote on their favorites on the Minnetonka blog (Encourage your store fans to vote!)
  • Store display finalists will be posted  December 10 – 14, 2012 when fans can cast their final vote for the Grand Prize winner announced on Saturday, December 15.

Store Spotlight: Horsetown

Meet the staff at Horsetown South in Locust Grove, owner Karen Pollard along with employees Lisa and Kelly.

A wide assortment of Minnetonka products for the whole family!

Visit the Horsetown East store in Snellville Georgia and meet Kathy, Kayla Ann & Brenda waiting to help you pick out your next pair of Minnetonka mocs!


Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Horsetown
Horsetown South, Locust Grove, Ga.
Horsetown West, Marietta, Ga.
Horsetown East, Snellville, Ga.

Go behind-the-scenes with Atlanta Western store, Horsetown and check out the Minnetonka style and story of owners, the Otto Meier family, in our Q&A!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
We started carrying Minnetonka products almost 22 years ago in our original or “home” store located in Marietta Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.  As we added stores in the area, first Snellville and then Locust Grove, it was only natural to include a Minnetonka selection in our new stores as well.  We are the largest full service Western and English retailer in the Georgia area and are happy to carry the largest selection of Minnetonka styles!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style at Horsetown?
Currently our best selling Minnetonka styles are the Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe boot, Double Fringe Side Zip boot and the Kilty suede moc.  However as the cooler weather approaches, the Cally slipper and the shearling styles are both very popular with our customers.

What is your favorite style of Minnetonka boots to wear?
In our family I would have to say the Sheepskin Ankle Boot is worn year around.  Almost every member of our family owns a pair, as do many of our store managers!

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs?
Our lifestyle is Western Casual, and Minnetonka fits every aspect of our daily style, whether it is jeans, skirts, or dresses.  Of course that is when we are not wearing cowboy boots!

What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting the Atlanta area?
One unique place to visit  is  ‘The World Of Coca-Cola,’ in Downtown Atlanta.  This exhibit provides a complete history of the world’s favorite soft drink!  Stone Mountain is one of the area’s largest attractions, we think of it as the Mt. Rushmore of the south.  And of course Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team and Falcon’s football is fun to visit as well.

Store Spotlight: Minnetonka Tokyu Plaza Omotesando

Omotesando store employee, Momoko stands in front of the many different Minnetonka styles available at the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Store.

This Tokyo store is uniquely different from most US stores measuring only 124.5 square feet of retail space.

A variety of Minnetonka styles to choose from!


Store Spotlight:  Minnetonka Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Store

Minnetonka goes global! Today we are excited to showcase the Minnetonka Tokyu Plaza Omotesando store in Tokyo Japan which recently opened in April 2012. The small size of this Tokyo store makes it uniquely different from most US stores measuring only 124.5 square feet of retail space!  Check out our Q&A with store employee Momoko Miyamoto and find out more about her Minnetonka style!

What is your Minnetonka story?
I purchased my first pair of Minnetonka mocs a few years ago at one of my favorite shoe stores.  I have a hard time finding shoes that fit well and was so happy to discover Minnetonka and their wide selection of sizes and styles. I instantly fell in love with my Minnetonka mocs!

How long has your store been open?
We opened our Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Store in April 2012. Over the past six months, we have truly enjoyed introducing a variety of Minnetonka products to our customers.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style at the Omotesando store?
Our most popular style is definitely the classic Kilty Suede moc.

What is your favorite pair of Minnetonka boots to wear and how do you like to style them?
I love wearing my Hi Top Back Zip Boots.  I like to pair them with a simple dress from Alternative.  Its a casual, yet very chic look.

What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting Omotesando?
Omotesando Hills is a new high-end mall near us, Cat Street has lots of cool small boutiques to visit and LaForet Harajuku is a very trendy shopping mall in the area. I definitely suggest visiting Aoyama Street and Meiji Shrine. Also the Christmas decorations at Omotesando are always fun and so is Omotesando Echika which is a shopping mall inside of subway station.


Store Spotlight: Cherokee Trading Post

The Cherokee Trading Post located in El Reno, Oklahoma

Cherokee Trading Post's friendly staff ready to help you pick out your next pair of Minnetonka mocs, boots or slippers!

A wide assortment of Minnetonka products to choose from!


Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Cherokee Trading Post in El Reno, Oklahoma

This week we are happy to spotlight Minnetonka retailer, Cherokee Trading Post of El Reno Oklahoma.

The Cherokee Trading Post is a family owned and operated business that began on Rt. 66 in 1958, and relocated in 1963 to its current location at I-40 exit 108 fifteen miles west of El Reno, Oklahoma.  This unique store was envisioned and built by J.P. and Jo Ella Wilson, and is currently operated and owned by their daughter Sheri Wheeler and husband Ronnie.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Our unique store has been carrying Minnetonka Moccasins since January 1, 1969. We’ve made thousands of customers happy with the quality and selection that Minnetonka Moccasin provides. We carry a full line of moccasins to accommodate a wide variety of our customers needs and tastes.  Also, you can also special order any Minnetonka style and have them shipped to your door by ordering off our website

What is the most popular Minnetonka style at Cherokee Trading Post?
Our most popular moccasin style over the past 43 years has been the Classic Fringe Boot!  So many of our customers seem to have worn this style as a child or teenager and now want their children to have a pair as well. A continued family tradition!

What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting the El Reno area?
Our complex has a KOA Kampground and Cherokee Restaurant, home of the famous buffalo burger.  Red Rock Canyon and Roman Nose State Park are close by, offering numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, biking, camping, horseback riding and golf. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame are a short drive away and they offer a unique view into Oklahoma’s rich and diverse history.